Playlist Challenge: Trains Edition
This one is also fairly easy if you think about it: 5 train songs. Maybe not as easy as rain, but not hard either. A personal aside: this post was inspired by a marathon session of Mexican Train dominoes played by our family on Sunday to celebrate the start of summer vacation.
1. ”Driver 8″ – REM. Kicking it off with a straight forward train song.
2. “I Often Dream of Trains” – Robyn Hitchcock. Some nice, train-themed guitar psychedelia.
3. “Peace Train” – 10,000 Maniacs. This cover of a Cat Stevens song was included in the original track list for the album “In My Tribe,” then deleted from subsequent pressings after Stevens changed his name to Yusuf Islam and said some objectionable things about the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I still like the song, and I like the Maniacs’ version of it.
4. ”Last Train to Clarksville” – The Monkees. I really like this song. Yes, the Monkees were the pre-fab four, but they had some good tunes, including this one. Should I have gone with “Ticket to Ride” here? Probably.
5. “Time Bomb” – Old 97′s. But for the extenuating circumstances, this song probably wouldn’t fit on the list. It really only mentions a train in one line of the chorus (“Having her on my brain’s like getting hit by a train”). But the song also has a runaway-train rhythm. And this is a band that was named after a train. Or, more precisely, it’s a band that was named after a song about a trainwreck. Many have claimed that “Wreck of the Old 97s” (first recorded in 1924 and covered countless times since) was the first hit country song. ”Time Bomb” is also the last song played at every Old 97′s concert. Once the band plays it, you can go home, confident that there will be no more encores.